Thursday, July 23, 2009

Deadline for MR Survey is Sunday

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THIS SUNDAY, July 26:  "TRL:  Submit Your Questions for Sermon Topics in August.
10 a.m. Summer Worship through Labor Day weekend, Summer Worship Services will at 10 a.m.
This week, Associate Pastor Beth Waltemath will deliver a sermon titled "Why Read the Bible When You Can Twitter or Facebook?"< SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> 
Always had a question about Christianity or faith?  Send it to or put in offering plate for a "Total Request Live Sermon Series" in August. 
The nursery will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
There will be no 10 o' Clock Hour during the summer. We will resume in Fall.
Sunday School: We continue our summer series of Veggie Tales this week. 
Children are invited to worship with all of us until the sermon, then meet upstairs in the Rose Room with our new teacher, Laura Koenig.
Keeping Your Cool in the Meltdown: Join in a conversation to share your ideas for surviving the economic meltdown (job related networking ideas; cheap and easy recipes to cut your food expenses; sharing; bartering; and more). Soup and salad will be served.
Other news:
Mission Review Survey Now Online
Now On-Line - Complete on-line by Sunday July 26. Paper survey deadline has passed.  Do not duplicate surveys – Choose one option only, paper or online!
Please take a few minutes to click on the following link and complete the FPC Brooklyn Mission Review survey, which contains a series of questions designed to elicit your opinion on the critical attributes of the new Senior Minister, in relation to the church's needs, priorities and strongly held values.  The survey results will be used to update the June 2007 Report of the Mission Review Committee, and then forwarded to the new Pastoral Nominating Committee as it works to recruit a new Senior Minister for our church.
(Please note: If you completed a paper survey, please do not complete the online Survey Monkey. It is the very same survey that was distributed on Sunday, June 28. Many thanks to the 37 people who completed and returned their surveys that day.) 
Mid-week Boost July 29: Debunking Idols....Going to the Source.
Whether we become disconnected from the Christ Spirit at times during our daily lives or we live a fundamentally broken life, -- or somewhere in between -- we often rely on things or relationships to repair the disconnection. This approach offers a fleeting reprieve and tends to deepen the disconnection. During these two sessions, led by Susan Schultz, we will discuss ways to break the habit of "idol worship" and create a deeper connection to the Spirit. Boost meets at the church on 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Summer Music Series resumes Thursday, July 30.  We took a break for Thursday, July 23 while the Neuners enjoy a hard-earned vacation!
Green Team - The Peace Garden needs regular watering during the dry season (June 12th through September 12th). Please contact Uda at or Jill at  if you are able to help water for one week or more this summer.  Join us at the Garden party, this Friday, July 24 ,for flower-themed cocktails and other beverages, and food!
Our Church Office will have reduced hours for the last two weeks of July.  The office will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday from July 15-July 28, while Church Administrator Annie Solages is on vacation.  We'll have excellent coverage in the afternoon by Jenny Vallon. You may also reach Rev. Beth at 646-554-9014 or
Our Sexton:  First Church welcomes our new sexton Victor Forde. Please welcome him when you come on Sunday !
Total Request Live: "Your questions answered" will be the theme of a Sermon Series in August.  Submit your theological or faith questions to or drop them in the offering plate on Sunday.
On the calendar:
For more details about calendar events, click on this link. Click again on the=2 0event on the calendar to read a description. 
Friday July 24:
Garden Party at 6 p.m., hosted by the Green Team: share botanical beverages, edible plants, good conversation and more...
Wednesday, July 29:
Men's Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., at the Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza. Contact Jim Palmer at
Midweek Boost at 7 p.m., in the Elliott Room. For information please contact Aris Peguero at or Edna Asknes at
CSA Delivery for Food Pantry:  7:45p.m.  Contact Linda Kolts to help at
Thursday, July 30:
Food Pantry, 10 to 11 a.m. To volunteer, Jane Woland at
Summer Music Series starts at 7 p.m. 
Friday, July 31
Garden Parties, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Peace Garden, contact Prisca Owens at for more information.
Who/where to connect:
Please stay current on your pledge.
Online Donations: Contribute to the church through a secure online account. To find it on the church website, http ://, go to the Site Credits/ Link tab and select First Church Donation Account Setup. Or go to

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